Atmospheric particles are responsible for a number of processes that affect the quality of our lives. Nanoparticles in the air we breath can have a number of adverse effects upon our health. In addition they can influence the radiative properties of the atmosphere by scattering and absorbing radiation, thereby affecting the climate of our planet. Understanding the processes through which atmospheric aerosol particles can affect human health and climate is one of the focuses of our research.


Aerosol techniques also offer ways for synthesizing engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) of well defined size, shape, and composition. These ENPs can be employed in novel nanostructured materials for technological applications (e.g., energy conversion and storage, catalysis, etc.). One of our goals in this direction is to develop nanomaterials that can be employed in miniaturized and cost-effective solid-state gas sensors.

Having the appropriate tools for measuring the properties of aerosol particles is vital in understanding their environmental impacts as well as in determining their potentials in the field of nanotechnology. The development of aerosol instrumentation for measuring the properties of aerosol particle such as size, morphology, volatility, etc., is therefore a interwoven aspect of our research.

Welcome to the Particle Research Group where you can find information about our research and teaching activities. The core of our research is the study of particles suspended in gases (i.e., aerosols). Aerosol particles play an important role in Atmospheric Chemistry and find a number of applications in Nanotechnology.

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